Report 2016-139 Recommendation 3 Responses

Report 2016-139: California Department of Education: It Has Not Ensured That School Food Authorities Comply With the Federal Buy American Requirement (Release Date: July 2017)

Recommendation #3 To: Education, Department of

To comply with federal regulations and provide transparency to the public, Education should immediately post to its website a summary of the results of any administrative reviews that it has shared with the relevant school food authorities. Moving forward, it should comply with federal regulations by posting the results of administrative reviews to its website within 30 days of sharing them with school food authorities.

1-Year Agency Response

Fully Implemented. Education's Administrative Review (AR) Transparency change request was completed and implemented in the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS) on March 22, 2018. AR results are available to the public by selecting the AR Transparency link located on the CNIPS home page at https://www.cnips.ca.gov/Splash.aspx.

  • Completion Date: March 2018
  • Response Date: July 2018

California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: Partially Implemented

Education has begun posting the results of administrative reviews to its website. However, it has not yet demonstrated that it is posting these results within 30 days of sharing them with school food authorities as federal regulations require.

  • Auditee did not substantiate its claim of full implementation

6-Month Agency Response

Education's change request to the technology contractor has been assessed. Testing is anticipated to begin in March 2018.

  • Estimated Completion Date: June 2018
  • Response Date: January 2018

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending


60-Day Agency Response

Education submitted a change request to the technology contractor to post the Administrative Review (AR) results on the Child Nutrition Information and Payment System (CNIPS) Web site. The change request is currently being assessed by the contractor. Posting of administrative review results can be implemented once required approvals are obtained and all changes are finalized on the CNIPS Web site.

  • Estimated Completion Date: December 2018
  • Response Date: October 2017

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Pending


All Recommendations in 2016-139

Agency responses received are posted verbatim.